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School of English and Drama

Christopher Cook

Cultural Historian


My career is more a sequence of zig zags than a straight line, but there is possibly one continuous thread in a professional life that began with making documentaries for BBC TV and Channel 4, has included teaching within the arts school system in London and for a number of US universities ‘study abroad’ programmes, which has found me writing and presenting cultural programs for BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and working as a curator and facilitator for a large number of UK arts organisations including English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, the LPO. It’s a nagging curiosity about cultural change and how it is brought about.


I am currently working on Dryden and the idea of Patronage after the Restoration and an essay on the links between Claude Debussy and Edgar Allen Poe.


I am facilitating this season’s Pre-Performance Talks at English National Opera and study days on Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov and Puccini’s Il trittico for the Royal Opera.


I yearn to be taught to make perfect fresh pasta and a perfect omelette.


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